Celebrate the holidays with animals
Those looking to get their fill of the holidays will find plenty of Christmas-themed, family friendly events continuing in the Upstate this weekend.
Before you embark on holiday adventures, consider taking in a hockey game. The first 1,000 kids ages 12 and younger to attend the Swamp Rabbits game Friday at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena will receive a free Swamp Rabbits' youth jersey. The game starts at 7 p.m., and Greenville News Family Fun Packs are available for $60. Fun packs include four red level tickets, four hot dogs, four bags of chips and four drinks. Tickets range from $15 to $25. For tickets, visit www.swamprabbits.com.
Last weekend's performances of S.C. Children's Theatre's "Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!" at the Peace Center's Gunter Theatre all sold out early, but some tickets are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday performances this weekend. Most enjoyed by ages 4 and older, this play features holiday fun as Junie B. discovers giving really is better than receiving. Tickets are $18-27. For details, visit www.peacecenter.org.
Love to bake? Families are invited to a holiday cookie decorating party 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Krumms on the Plate, 3318 Brushy Creek Road, Greer. Cost is $2-$5 per person, and registration is required. All supplies will be provided. Find details at www.krummsontheplate.com or call 864-655-7555.
A Children’s Christmas Celebration for ages 5 – 12 is at 12:30 and at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Museum and Gallery at Bob Jones University. Each event will expose kids to Christmas celebrations from around the world. Upon arrival, each child will receive a passport and have their photo ID taken. The passport grants them admission to each cultural and craft station including stops at diverse countries such as Mexico, Greece and France. Along the way, young adventurers will examine various European paintings depicting the Christmas story and be able to sample international cookies and Mexican hot chocolate. Cost is $10 each for children and $8 each for adults. Advance reservations are required. Registration is available at www.bjumg.org/christmas-celebration. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The Children’s Christmas Celebration will be held at the Museum & Gallery’s main location on the campus of Bob Jones University.
The holidays and animals often go hand in hand
The Upstate will celebrate both this weekend with these three sure-to-be-fun events.
Christmas at the Stables is 6 – 8 p.m. Saturday and 3-5 p.m. Sunday at Whispering Pines Stables in Mauldin. Families can enjoy hot chocolate, ride a hay wagon and see a live nativity, complete with shepherds and animals. Admission is free. All ages are welcome. Groups are asked to call for reservations. For details, call 864-288-7458 or visit www.wpstables.com.
Christmas at the Farm, a fundraiser for Happy Hooves Therapeutic Equestrian Center, is 2 – 5 p.m. Sunday at Eden Farms. Admission is $7 each, and the event is rain or shine. Activities will include “reindeer rides” on horses, a live interactive nativity scene, hands-on Christmas crafts, hot cocoa and cookies, time with Santa and more. Happy Hooves helps special needs children and adults as well as at-risk children and teens using equine-assisted therapies. For details, call 864-898-0043 or visit www.HappyHoovesSC.com.
Greenville Animal Care, located at 328 Furman Hall Road in Greenville, will host a Santa Paws Workshop 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Visitors can enjoy arts, crafts and baked goods. The family-friendly event will collect proceeds to benefit the shelter’s animals. Children and their pets can take photos with Santa, make their own ornaments, and make stockings for their pets. The event is free, but items and photos will cost a small fee. For details, visit www.facebook.com/gcanimalcare.
Finally, Saturday's Breakfast with Santa might be sold out at the Children's Museum of the Upstate, but children of all ages can still enjoy the museum's Holiday Traditions exhibit through Jan. 3. Families can watch life-like trains roll through a miniaturized track, snuggle up by the fireplace with a movie, write wish lists to Santa, and play interactive snowman games. The exhibit is available to all guests during regular museum hours with cost of admission and free for members. General admission is $9 for children ages 1-15, and $10 for adults. For details, visit www.tcmupstate.org.
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